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NATIONAL TEACHER ORGANIZATION
AWARDS TCC FOR OUTSTANDING PROGRAM
The National Council of Teachers of English/Two Year College Association,
in partnership with College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC),
has awarded Tidewater Community College (TCC) the 2003 Outstanding Program
in English award. Responding to national concerns about the educational system's
failure to prepare high school seniors for college, TCC has created a focused
approach for collaboration between high schools and colleges.
Directed by Chris Jennings, Associate Professor of English, TCC, the Consortium
for Innovative Instruction: Aligning Writing Instruction in Secondary and
Postsecondary Institutions was selected as the Exemplary Program in the category
of Enhancing Developmental English. This model is currently being used throughout
the Virginia Beach City Public School System (VBCPS), and throughout the country,
to create high school writing centers and sponsor professional workshops for
college and high school faculties. Thanks to a grant award of $600,000 from
the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary
Education (FIPSE), this program offers a creative response to the challenges
of educating two-year college students. It demonstrates the power of institutional
partnerships and provides a reform movement that supports teachers who identify
and employ solutions to problems.
As a result of project activities at Salem, Landstown, and Kellam High Schools,
graduating seniors' writing performances have improved. Students enrolling
at TCC have also demonstrated greater success in college writing.
TCC has created a model for partnership that has been shared with colleges
in seven states. Nine postsecondary dissemination sites include J. Sargeant
Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Virginia; John Tyler Community College,
Midlothian, Virginia; Forsyth Technical College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina;
Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina; Florida Community
College, Jacksonville, Florida; Southwest Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan;
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona; and California State University,
Fullerton, California. Working in a hub and spokes approach, each of these
sites has adapted the TCC model to collaborate with high schools to improve
student success in college.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about TCC's inroads to
enhancing developmental English, please contact Chris Jennings, Director of
TCC's FIPSE Writing Coalition, at 757-822-7145.
CONTACT: Kate Behnke
Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the
23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling over 34,000
students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community college
network, and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded
in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves
the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk,
Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, and with a regional Visual Arts Center in Olde
Towne, Portsmouth and the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center
in the theater district in downtown Norfolk. Forty-two percent of the region's
residents who attended a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled
at TCC. For more information about TCC, call 757-822-1122 or visit http://www.tcc.edu.